I have been researching for a few days now, and have found no useful tutorials or guides on how to perform a decode of an ioncube encoded file by using xdebug.. Multiple SO post answers do not serve a starting place for a complete beginner.
IonCube is an encoder, and Xdebug is a debugger - not a decoder. It does not know how to read encoded files and even if it could get into the process of intercepting the PHP things that it does, it still won't be able to show you the source code.
Dynamic and external keys provide a way of adding extra security to the encoded files.Dynamic keys are expressions that have to be evaluated at runtime before a function or method can be decoded successfully.External keys are files or string values that are separate from the encoded file and which have to existfor the file to be decoded and run successfully.We recommend that you read the External and Dynamic Keys chapter of the User Guide PDF for full details on how they work.We will cover the basic points of the features below.
Dynamic and external keys are set within the Keys tab of the current project settings, as shown in the image above. The top part of the Keys sectionis for the dynamic keys and the lower part is for the external keys.The section for the Dynamic keys consists of the following: A panel describing how the dynamic keys should be set within your PHP source code. Functions to which the reflection API in PHP may be applied. Some reflection functions need the function to which they are being applied to be decoded before they will work. However, that may mean that the function would be decoded before it is first called. The default, None, is for no functions to be decoded for the reflection API. You can also allow All functions to be decoded for the reflection API and you can also supply a file that lists patterns for which functions and methods may have the reflection API applied to them. Those patterns will have one of the following four forms: myfn where myfn is the name of an ordinary function (not a method) in your code. MyClass::foo where foo is the name of a method in class MyClass. MyClass::* which means all methods in class MyClass. Lang\Translate\* which means all functions and methods in the Lang\Translate namespace.
In the settings for the external key, you will need to give the value to be used when encoding andalso the location of the external key at runtime. There are three possibilities for the location of the key at runtime: A file path is located in the encoded file. The contents of the file at that path will be used as the key by the Loader. You will also need to choose the local path for the key when encoding. A php.ini property that will give either a string or a file path of an external key at runtime. The full name of the property in the ini file will be ioncube.loader.key.propname where propname will be the name that you choose for the property. If you want the value of the ini property to be a string then you will need to provide that string in the options. If you want the value of the ini property to be a file path then you will need to provide a local file for the key when encoding. A license property can be the key. As the with ini properties, the value can be either a string or a file path. You will need to ensure that the license is generated with a property that has the same value used when encoding.
The image above shows the setting for an external key that will be a php.ini property and where the value is a string.In this case the full name of the ini property at runtime should be ioncube.loader.key.keyprop.
The image above shows the setting for an external key that will be a php.ini property and where the value is a full file path.In this case the full name of the ini property at runtime should be ioncube.loader.key.extkey.The file found from the ini property must have the same contents as the file used when encoding.
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@Pacificsky, this typically happens on Debian/Ubuntu servers. Assuming that you've installed ioncube on the server itself, you likely don't have the ioncube configuration copied over to the correct directory). In Debian/Ubuntu, the php apache and CLI configs are stored separately. Copy the ioncube.ini file from /etc/php5/apache(2) to /etc/php5/cli 1e1e36bf2d